Insane genius Austen van Flyswatter has stolen a huge collection of diamonds, and retrieving them involves navigating a succession of fiendishly-designed arrangements of platforms and traps. Does that sound like a job for a retired superhero? Captain Dynamo thinks so, and aims to recapture them for their rightful owner.
Gameplay is platform-based, with 12 vertically-scrolling levels, each containing around 50 diamonds - the more of these you can collect, the higher your score. Some will require advance planning to reach, while you will often be dependent on booster pads to reach the higher sections of a level.
Captain Dynamo was the biggest hero in his days. Now, he is retired and dreams about the time when he was the nightmare of every villain. So when the insanely evil genius Austen van Flyswatter steals a huge load of gems, retired Captain Dynamo sees an opportuniy to once again save the day! Digging up his old costume, he heads towards Van Flyswatter's castle to retrive the stolen goods. What seemed to be a fairly straightforward task, turns really ugly when it becomes apparent that the evil madman has placed deadly traps all over his home.
This game, produced by Codemasters in 1993, is a classic platformer game, where you start off at the bottom of a pit, and have to jump all the way to the top. Once you reach the upper section, you'll be transported to the next level. In all there are 12 levels in this game - all equipped with monsters and traps to make life miserable for any retired superhero. While the game starts of somewhat easy, it suddenly changes gear, and you find yourself carefully evaluating every single step you take. One false move, and you're toast. Captain Dynamo's only superpower is a high-jump, that he can use to reach higher ground. He has no other powers at all, so you can't kill an enemy from a distance. The only way to kill anything is to jump on top of it.
The controls for the game are really simple; you move with the cursor keys, and jump with the Space Bar. To do a super jump, simply press up and Space at the same time. There will also be springs located throughout the levels to help you reach higher grounds.
Captain Dynamo is a really nice little game, with really neat and colorful animation and design, coupled with really cathy music. All working together to bring an enjoyable gaming experience to any gamer. The only downside to the game is that some parts of the levels can be just insanely difficult (like the rotating knifes in level 2), but once you've figured out the trick, you shouldn't have as much trouble the next time you try it.
Super platform game where you play Captain Dynamo. The game consist of different levels which become more difficult. Along the way you collect gems and other stuff for points. The dude Dynamo look really cool; sort like an antihero with a good cartoonish figure. When you jump, he puts one arm in the air just like superman, but very goofish.
Captain Dynamo is a solid entry in Codemasters' string of excellent cartoon platformers. As chubby, smiley Captain Dynamo, your goal is to rescue your girl's diamonds from a loony old villain. The game is a vertically-scrolling affair set over twelve levels. There are about fifty diamonds on each one, but thankfully you don't have to collect them all-- all you have to do is survive long enough to reach the end of the level, where a fizzing transporter is waiting to zap you into the next cavern.
Although it sounds like nothing new, as usual Codemasters have enough tricks up their sleeves to make the game much more than a simple arcade game. The game requires skill, timing, and a good sense of balance. This is because although you can jump from one platform to the next, some of them are impossible to reach unless you use the "booster pads," which are scattered around each level. Since you usually will land on spike traps (which get you killed right away), this makes the game quite tricky. Worst, you get only three lives and no credits, so basically you must finish the game in one go-- not an easy thing to do even for the most experienced gamer. With the number of traps and baddies pitted against you, getting beyond Level Three is a real challenge. Still, leaping around the platforms and dodging the bad guys is a lot of fun and addictive. Also, the one really nice feature is that you can collect the "restart points" (placed randomly on levels) to choose where to reappear when you get killed. Codemasters fans won't be disappointed with Captain Dynamo, although it would appeal to a lot mroe gamers had the difficulty been turned down a notch.
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